Caran d'Ache is a Swiss company that's been producing precise writing instruments for almost a century. While some of their fancier pens can run well over a hundred dollars, we prefer these colorful but simple ballpoints. Crafted from sturdy yet lightweight metal, they're coated with several layers of smooth enamel so the color stay vibrant. We found ours at Sid Mashburn's shop, and they're an absolute pleasure to write with—whether you're handwriting a note or just quickly jotting an office memo. It feels comfortable in your hand and the writing is consistent thanks to a Goliath giant ink cartridge and a smooth ballpoint tip. That's one of the funny things about buying a better pen: it actually makes you want to write more. And as people who spend the majority of their time working with keyboards, we can safely say that practicing penmanship daily is actually kind of therapeutic.

$20, at Sid Mashburn

Styling Tip

Sid advises on picking a bright pen. Why? "The color makes it hard to steal." They also make a great piece of surprising sprezzatura when left in a jacket or shirt pocket.

Published on

October 5, 2012

Written by